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Veritas adds rapid recovery feature for Exchange

Kevin Komiega

Veritas Software Corp.'s software onslaught continued today, when the Mountain View, Calif., software maker announced a rapid recovery feature for Microsoft Exchange 2000 environments.

The company has released Veritas Edition for Microsoft Exchange 2000, which offers one-step recovery and protection, from data corruption to virus problems in corporate e-mail services. The software offers off-host snapshot backup and recovery of Exchange as an integrated part of Veritas' NetBackup and Backup Exec product families.

The aim of Edition for Exchange is to speed point-in-time data recovery from disk-based snapshots, as well as recovery from archived tape backups.

Administrators can select how deep into the data they want to dive. The software can back up and recover disk-based snapshots at the application, mailbox, message or volume level, Veritas said.

Bob Maness, senior director of product marketing, said Edition for Exchange hooks in with Backup Exec and NetBackup.

"This product is a snapshot technology that's applied when a snapshot is taken of an Exchange database and its logs and is put onto disk and can be used for very rapid recovery," Maness said.

Maness said Microsoft has a 20-page technical document that outlines the best practices for recovering an Exchange database. "What Veritas has done is automate that process," he said.

Steve Kenniston, an analyst with Enterprise Storage Group Inc., Milford, Mass., said vendors

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who target the low-end markets are focusing on application-based recovery and are driving the larger vendors, like Veritas, to start thinking about applications like instant recovery and disk-based snapshots for Exchange.

"Newcomers on the market, like CommVault, BakBone and Connected, who have practices around applications, specifically, Exchange-based backup, are pushing companies such as Veritas, [Computer Associates] and Tivoli to discuss these problem areas within the data center and ensure their software has these capabilities or [that] it can be replaced," Kenniston said. "Veritas has made that move."

Kenniston's colleague, Peter Gerr, said this is further evidence of the force that e-mail is becoming, in terms of being the primary means of corporate messaging, as well as the continuous growth in both volume of e-mail and the value of e-mail to the enterprise. "Veritas is scaling its offerings to meet the increased risk and importance surrounding e-mail," he said.

The rapid recovery offering currently supports Exchange 2000 and Windows 2000 environments. Exchange 2003 support, including integration with Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 Volume Shadow Copy Service interface, is planned for later this year, according to Veritas.

Edition for Exchange is available for $2,500 per client for Standard Server and $4,000 for Advanced Server.

Edition for Exchange is the latest in a series of product announcements from Veritas this year. Last month, the company released the latest version of its Bare Metal Restore product, which was designed to automate the recovery of heterogeneous server environments.

Veritas also updated each of its backup packages. February saw the debut of Veritas NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack, which included an instant recovery option that allows data recovery directly from disk, better support for backup and recovery at the mailbox level of Microsoft Exchange environments and a feature called Integrated Disaster Recovery, which is a tape management and reporting capability that manages the transport of backup tapes to off-site locations. In January, Veritas released Backup Exec 9.0 for Windows Servers, the latest incarnation of its flagship backup and recovery software for small and medium-sized businesses.

Last March, Veritas released a new version of its Global Data Manager software. The tool manages and monitors backup and recovery processes for both Veritas NetBackup and Backup Exec. Veritas said that Global Data Manager gives administrators a dashboard view of multiple data protection processes that may be spread across an enterprise.

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